Friday, 25 December 2020

Offensive Jihad Refuted (Part 2)

 بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله واصحابه اجمعين

I’ve made it clear there is no such concept as “offensive Jihad” in our Religion. The objective of Islam has never been to establish a state, let alone a global empire. On the contrary, Islam is a religion, not a political ideology, it seeks to convert the souls of humanity to the true Faith, to the Oneness of Allah Holy and Exalted is He. Jihad the armed struggle is merely an ordinance to defend the Faith and the Believers, as well as the weak, from aggression and oppression:

وَ مَا لَکُمۡ لَا تُقَاتِلُوۡنَ فِیۡ سَبِیۡلِ اللّٰہِ وَ الۡمُسۡتَضۡعَفِیۡنَ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ وَ النِّسَآءِ وَ الۡوِلۡدَانِ الَّذِیۡنَ یَقُوۡلُوۡنَ رَبَّنَاۤ اَخۡرِجۡنَا مِنۡ ہٰذِہِ الۡقَرۡیَۃِ الظَّالِمِ اَہۡلُہَا

And what is the matter with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah and of the weak — men, women and children — who say, ‘Our Lord, take us out of this town, whose people are oppressors’

(Surah 4:75)

The so-called jama’āt al-Jihād which call Muslims to fight an offensive holy war against the nations of unbelievers to establish a global caliphate oppose the understanding of the vast majority of our Ulama, and the verdict of the Quran and the Sunnah, as Ibn Taymiyah (someone they tend to hold in high esteem) himself stated:

فأما الباغي من غير قتال فليس في النص أن الله أمر بقتاله بل الكفار إنما يقاتلون بشرط الحراب كما ذهب اليه جمهور العلماء وكما دل عليه الكتاب والسنة

"As for the transgressor who does not fight, then there are no texts in which Allah commands him to be fought. Rather, the unbelievers are only fought on the condition that they wage war, as is practiced by the majority of scholars and as is evident in the Book and Sunnah." (an-Nubuwwāt p.570):

Likewise, the classical Islamic jurist Sufyan ath-Thawri said:

الْقِتَالُ مَعَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ لَيْسَ بِفَرْضٍ إلَّا أَنْ تَكُونَ الْبِدَايَةُ مِنْهُمْ فَحِينَئِذٍ يَجِبُ قِتَالُهُمْ دَفْعًا

"Fighting the polytheists is not an obligation unless they begin it themselves, in which case it is required to fight them in defense." (Sharh as-Siyar al-Kabīr p.131):

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